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Fast-growing company’s remote-controlled vehicles do the dirty, dull work

Fast-growing company’s remote-controlled vehicles do the dirty, dull work | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it
A company that designs and builds remote-controlled vehicles to perform dull, dirty and dangerous jobs isn’t having any trouble finding customers.
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"We are already starting to recruit other manufacturing startups to come share space with us because it is more cost effective, it is more exciting," Rendall said.  Part of our objective here was to start building up a manufacturing cluster of startups in south Kitchener."

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Here’s to our local hospitals

Here’s to our local hospitals | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it
Three cheers for our three local hospitals in Waterloo Region. Grand River, St. Mary’s, and Cambridge General all are performing better than the provincial and Canadian average.
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Hearty congratulations to the hospital administration, staff, and to community partners who ensure that patients have a safe way to recover when they leave hospital earlier.

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InfoSky and Descartes Alliance Streamlines Chinese Air Cargo Communication - NASDAQ.com

InfoSky and Descartes Alliance Streamlines Chinese Air Cargo Communication - NASDAQ.com | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it

Descartes Systems Group, the global leader in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce, announced that it has signed an alliance with InfoSky to streamline logistics messaging for the Chinese air cargo industry.

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with InfoSky to streamline logistics messaging for the Chinese air cargo industry.

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Local hospitals perform well in online checkup

Local hospitals perform well in online checkup | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it
The region’s three hospitals just had a checkup and they’re doing well, new information reveals.
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The region's three hospitals just had a checkup and they're doing well, new information reveals.

Grand River, St. Mary's General and Cambridge Memorial hospitals are all performing better than the provincial and Canadian average on three key indicators, according to a new website launched Thursday by the Canadian Institute for Health Information.

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Events -International Reception & Dinner

Events -International Reception & Dinner | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it

Network with Ambassadors, Consuls General, and 300+ community business leaders.

Experience dazzling food and refreshments

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Keynote Speaker

Dr. Neil Turok

Director, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

"The Arc of Innovation: From Theory to Experiment and Commercialization in Waterloo Region and Beyond"

Neil Turok is an award-winning cosmologist, celebrated educator, gifted communicator, and head of the world-renowned Perimeter Institute.

In this highly visual presentation and audience Q&A, you will find out why Perimeter plays a central role in our innovation ecosystem and enhances Waterloo Region's strength in basic research, experimentation, and commercialization.

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Check out this post regarding CTT Inc's International Reception & Dinner!  Get your tickets now - Early Bird pricing ends November 8th!

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Made in Canada: Three key words for your branding strategy

Made in Canada: Three key words for your branding strategy | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it

Canadians have a reputation for being a modest people. But when it comes to selling their products, entrepreneurs would do well to trumpet their made-in-Canada credentials.

 

What’s more, Canadian-made products have an excellent reputation internationally, and that could give many companies the edge they need to begin exporting or to take their international efforts to the next level.

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Canada, perceived as “a model country”

But too many businesses underestimate the power that made-in-Canada messaging can have in attracting and keeping customers. And the opportunities don’t stop at the Canada-U.S. border.

 

Market research indicates that Canada is perceived by foreigners as “a model country” with a clean environment and open, trustworthy people, according to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. They associate Canada with safe, high-quality products.

 

Three words—made in Canada— could help your products and services stand out from the crowd, both here and abroad. Canada is a powerful brand—let’s use it.

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Our universities pack a punch

Our universities pack a punch | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it
Ontario’s universities — and particularly the three in Waterloo Region and Guelph — continue to excel in their mission of educating students for a fast-changing world.


This much has been revealed by the latest university rankings published by Maclean's magazine.

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The fact that — despite their financial handicap — Waterloo and Guelph are right on their heels, and Laurier is rising, is extraordinary. It is a testament to the innovation, efficiency, and commitment to excellence at all levels of their leadership.

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$55M automotive, construction biomaterials program launched

$55M automotive, construction biomaterials program launched | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it
The federal government is launching a biomaterials program to accelerate the development of green vehicles and buildings.


Announced by Minister of State (Science and Technology) Greg Rickford, the five-year, $55-million program is aimed at turning agricultural and forestry byproducts into new, more environmentally-friendly materials.

The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) will invest $30-million in the program, while a combination of industry, academic institutions and other government departments will make up the remaining $25-million.

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"This new program will strengthen Canada’s role as a leader in the development of innovative, and sustainable materials and technologies,” Rickford said in a statement.

“This is yet another example of how we’re ensuring more ideas get to the marketplace, as this program integrates the expertise of the NRC with the business know-how of Canadian industry leaders to manufacture new lightweight, cost-effective and bio-sourced materials for next generation vehicles and homes, to improve the quality of life of Canadians.”

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Canadian manufacturing growth hits highest level in 2-1/2 years in October

Canadian manufacturing growth hits highest level in 2-1/2 years in October | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it
The pace of growth in the Canadian manufacturing sector picked up in October to its strongest level in two and a half years as firms saw greater demand for their products, data showed on Friday
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The RBC Canadian Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ index (PMI), a gauge of manufacturing business conditions, rose to a seasonally adjusted 55.6 last month from 54.2 in September, making for the highest level since April 2011.


The forward-looking new orders measure matched that record, rising to 58.5, while output climbed to 56.6.


A reading above 50 shows growth in the sector.

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Newsroom : Creating New Manufacturing Jobs in Cambridge

Newsroom : Creating New Manufacturing Jobs in Cambridge | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it
Ontario is helping DESCH Canada invest in machinery and expand into new markets while creating 10 new jobs and retaining 19 existing jobs in Cambridge.
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DESCH drivetrain technology, built right here in Cambridge, is installed in facilities across North America. With this investment, we’ll be bringing our expertise and industry-leading precision components to new partners in the oil and gas sector, opening up exciting new opportunities for our company.

Stephen Pack

Chief Operating Officer, DESCH Canada Ltd.

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University of Waterloo top Canadian innovator for 22nd year

University of Waterloo top Canadian innovator for 22nd year | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it

The University of Waterloo has been named Canada’s top university for innovation for the 22nd consecutive year by Maclean’s magazine.

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“For nearly a quarter of a century, this university has been recognized as Canada’s leading institution for innovation. We consistently rank amongst this country’s best universities,” said Feridun Hamdullahpur, president and vice chancellor at Waterloo. “We have charted a course for the University of Waterloo to build on this foundation — as well as our distinctive experiential education and transformative research — to become one of the world’s top innovation universities

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HYPHEN celebrates one-year anniversary

HYPHEN celebrates one-year anniversary | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it

Canada’s most advanced prototyping and environmental testing enterprise – celebrated its one-year anniversary yesterday; a year that saw the initiative add new customers to its client roster as well as new, advanced equipment to its prototyping and testing arsenals. Arising out of eight years and millions of dollars of investments by Christie in its own product prototyping and testing, the initiative continues to bring advanced rapid prototyping technologies and environmental testing equipment to a broad audience of designers and manufacturers across Canada.

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“Our goal was to open up our world-class infrastructure, under one roof, to support innovation in the Kitchener-Waterloo region and beyond,” said Mark Barfoot, managing director of Hyphen. “Our confidence in finding and meeting a pent-up demand for our services was justified and in addition to aiding the commercial world, we’ve begun to assist the academic world. For example, we have partnered with the University of Waterloo’s 3D Print Centre since June to provide engineering students with access to world-class technology, helping them design, assemble, test and refine products and parts for their projects.”

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Jack Dorsey on Twitter, Square and Kitchener-Waterloo

Jack Dorsey on Twitter, Square and Kitchener-Waterloo | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it
Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey spends his time thinking about how to do the things we do better and more easily and how to shepherd the process to market.
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"The engineering experience and talent we find in Waterloo is the best of the best,” he said.

“The spirit of innovation and the skill level it takes to make that happen is still very much in place in this country.”

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Region one of two to exceed Ontario smart growth targets

Region one of two to exceed Ontario smart growth targets | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it
Waterloo Region is one of only two municipalities on pace to exceed the provincial growth plan meant to intensify urban centres by building up instead of out, according to a new report.
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Planners expect the population of Waterloo Region to increase by nearly 40 per cent over the next two decades, from 559,000 today to about 742,000 by 2031. It is expected to increase to about 835,000 a decade after that.

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Canada remains one of the most welcoming and profitable places in the world for international business and foreign direct investment.

Canada remains one of the most welcoming and profitable places in the world for international business and foreign direct investment. | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it
Canada's competitive advantages, including tax advantage, NAFTA, and people advantage make it one of the strongest economies in the world.
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October auto sales up 7.4 per cent from a year ago: DesRosiers - Canadian Metalworking

October auto sales up 7.4 per cent from a year ago: DesRosiers - Canadian Metalworking | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it
Canadian auto and truck sales last month were up 7.4 per cent from a year ago, according to data Friday compiled from DesRosiers Automotive Consultants.
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“Sales of trucks have been strong all year and this trend continued in October with 81,292 units sold (up 9.6 per cent). What has really pushed the market on in the last couple of months has been a return to growth in the passenger car market.”

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Communitech gets $15M in funding from the province

Communitech gets $15M in funding from the province | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it
Finance Minister Charles Sousa announced a $15 million commitment over three years to the tech hub in the province's fall economic statement.
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We believe so strongly that the hub of digital and technical expertise in Waterloo is critical to the future of Ontario," said Wynne. "This is a proven enterprise so we want to make sure that it does very well."

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The region’s tech sector remains a marvel

The region’s tech sector remains a marvel | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it

But there's a vibrant technology community that's thriving apart from BlackBerry.

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New companies continue to be launched at a remarkable rate. There is a growing group of startups that are gaining traction, attracting investment and adding staff," he says. "The availability of skilled developers and engineers who formerly worked at BlackBerry is giving many other tech companies a boost, enabling them to secure the talent they need to expand and advance their business plans."

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Linamar buys camshaft maker, three facilities in Germany

Linamar buys camshaft maker, three facilities in Germany | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it
Canadian manufacturing giant Linamar Corp. says it has completed the acquisitions of a German engine component maker.


ccording to Linamar, it closed the deal with German firms Muhr und Bender KG and Mubea Motorkomponenten GmbH to buy the latter’s camshaft manufacturing and distributing unit.


“The acquisition of the Mubea assembled camshaft business adds leading-edge lightweight and fuel efficient hydroformed and assembled camshaft technology to our existing technology portfolio on camshafts,” Linamar CEO Linda Hasenfratz said in an announcement of the deal


The deal includes three facilities in Hildburghausen, Thale and Thale-Warnstedt, Germany.

Together they employ 110 people and had close to $25-million in sales.

Linamar expects sales to “nearly double” in the next four years.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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The acquisition of the Mubea assembled camshaft business adds leading-edge lightweight and fuel efficient hydroformed and assembled camshaft technology to our existing technology portfolio on camshafts,” Linamar CEO Linda Hasenfratz said in an announcement of the deal.

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Canadians near top of the list in well-being rankings

Canadians near top of the list in well-being rankings | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it
OTTAWA - When it comes to measuring the good life, Canada is among the world's top spots for individual well-being, according to report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.
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Canadian scored at or near the top in terms of having a low long-term unemployment rate, health status, housing, education and skills, social connections, personal security (low crime), and in life satisfaction.

In terms of self-reported life satisfaction, residents of Switzerland profess to be most satisfied with their lot, while those in Hungary the least. Canadians place eighth among the 36 OECD industrialized nations.

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Kitchener cycling shop gets national honour

Kitchener cycling shop gets national honour | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it
Ziggy’s Cycle and Sports Ltd. at 417 King St. W. beat out nominations from across the country for the award from the Bicycle Trade Association of Canada.
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The head of the Bicycle Trade Association of Canada said the partnerships with the City of Kitchener and its support for a long list of charity rides made Ziggy's stand out from its competitors.

             

"If you meet the owner of the store, you can tell her passion for what they do and their commitment to their community," said Bill Yetman of the trade association.                  

 

"We have some amazing small independent bike retailers across the country and Ziggy's is right up there in terms of its commitment to the industry and its commitment to the community," Yetman said. "They really get it."

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What Canada can learn from Taiwan on dealing with China

What Canada can learn from Taiwan on dealing with China | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it

Virtually every society in the world is struggling to come to terms with the meteoric rise of an increasingly assertive and self-confident China. None, however, has more at stake in getting the relationship right than does Taiwan. What might Canada learn from Taiwan in forging our own China policy?

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Engage China in a clear-eyed thoughtful way, and don't put all of our eggs in the one basket - By Brian Lee Crowley Managing Director Macdonald-Laurier Institute.

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Laurier earns top marks in Maclean’s university rankings

Laurier earns top marks in Maclean’s university rankings | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it

Wilfrid Laurier University has again earned high marks in the annual Maclean’s Rankings of Canadian Universities, placing in the top 10 in its category for best overall in Canada.

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Compared to other Ontario universities in the comprehensive category, Laurier ranked third for highest quality, fourth for best overall, and fourth for most innovative.

Wilfrid Laurier University has nine faculties and more than 17,000 undergraduate students and nearly 2,000 graduate students at campuses in Waterloo and Brantford. The university also has a Faculty of Social Work in Kitchener, an office in Toronto, a part-time MBA program based in Toronto, and an office in Chongqing, China.

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So proud of my Alma Mater!

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Startups to compete for more than $100,000 in VeloCity funding

Startups to compete for more than $100,000 in VeloCity funding | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it

Media and members of the investment community are invited to attend the VeloCity Fund Finals on Thursday, November 28 where startups from the University of Waterloo will compete for their share of over $100K in grant funding.

Ten finalists from VeloCity's competitions, which take place throughout November, will pitch their startup ideas on-stage at the VeloCity Fund Finals on November 28th. Four winning teams will earn $25,000 grants each and a place as one of 30 startups operating at VeloCity Garage in downtown Kitchener.

An additional ten entrepreneurs from the University of Waterloo will pitch their early-stage startup ideas for one of three $1,000 grants.

Date: Thursday, November 28, 2013

Time: $1,000 competition starts at 11 a.m., $25,000 competition starts at 1 p.m.

Location: Student Life Centre – Great Hall, University of Waterloo, 200 University Avenue West, Waterloo, Ontario

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Quantum computing: How Canada is going to change the world

Quantum computing: How Canada is going to change the world | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it
The CIA, NASA and Google are already investing millions in quantum computing. But only one country has managed to build a commercially available quantum processor: Canada.
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Raymond Laflamme, director of the University of Waterloo’s Institute of Quantum Computing, says we are on the cusp of another computing revolution, with quantum computing enabling everything from more accurate weather forecasts to advanced artificial intelligence. “Today, we’re looking at a small piece of a door that is wide open,” he says. “Will the impact of quantum computing equal that of the advancements of the last 50 years? My gut feeling is yes.”

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